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John Varvarigos

Title: Owner and President
Company: Wellington Florist Inc.
Location: Wellington, Florida, United States

John “J.P.” Varvarigos, owner and president at Wellington Florist Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the floral industry.

With over 20 years of experience in the floral industry, John Varvarigos has distinguished himself as the owner and president of Wellington Florist Inc., a role he has embraced since 2003. Under his leadership, the company has specialized in creating welcoming atmospheres with exquisite botanical accents. Wellington Florist delivers fresh-cut flower arrangements and plantscapes, along with creatively designed party décor, festive holiday decorations, and custom pieces for religious ceremonies, each tailored to meet the unique needs of their clients. The company’s scope also encompasses the design, installation, and maintenance of seasonal containers, orchid gardens, succulent gardens, and various planters, ensuring that each installation enhances any environment.

His entrepreneurial journey began in the culinary field, where he honed his skills as a sous chef at Little Palm Island, and this unique background has significantly influenced his approach to floristry. His transition from culinary arts to floral design was driven by his family’s deep-rooted history in the flower business, which instilled a profound appreciation for exceptional customer service and innovative business strategies.

Mr. Varvarigos was educated at The Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 2000. His culinary foundation not only equipped him with essential operational management skills but also inspired him to approach floristry with a creative and strategic mindset. By integrating culinary principles with floral design, he has innovated within his business, introducing practices such as including a premium flower element in every bouquet and implementing a customer-first policy that features a no-questions-asked, seven-day guarantee on flowers.

Beyond his business achievements, Mr. Varvarigos is a dedicated community member and a significant contributor to the floristry industry. He supports various charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International, the Wellington Community Foundation, and Lighthouse for the Blind. He also serves as an executive board member of the Florida State Florists’ Association. His contributions to the industry have been widely recognized, including being named Best Florist in Palm Beach County by The Palm Beach Post from 2021 to 2024, and Retail Florist of the Year in Florida in 2024 by the Florida State Florists’ Association. The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beach further honored Mr. Varvarigos as the Small Business Man of the Year in 2023 and Wellington Florist was selected as a finalist for Small Business of the Year in 2024.

Mr. Varvarigos attributes much of his success to his mentors, particularly Marty and Michelle of Kuhn Flowers, whom he considers his “floral parents.” They have significantly shaped his professional outlook and practices. He believes in continuous learning and adaptation, traits that have enabled him to maintain high standards and achieve sustainable business growth.

Looking forward, Mr. Varvarigos aims to strategically expand his business while maintaining the high standards of quality and customer service that have defined his career. His future plans include increasing business growth by 15%, reaching $5 million in revenue in the coming years, and enhancing advertising efforts to reach new markets. As he contemplates an early retirement, he hopes to pass on his legacy to either his daughters or dedicated staff, transitioning to an advisory role to continue guiding the business toward success.

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